The Cultural Facilities Fund, run jointly by the Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment, awarded the Boston Athenaeum a $145,000 grant to support its recent renovation and expansion. The grant is among 28 totaling $3.14 million for cultural facilities and projects throughout Massachusetts.

The Athenaeum’s renovation and expansion preserved the beauty of its historic building while providing more space for programs and events, varied art and historical exhibitions, reading and research, and more opportunities for connection. The project was completed in the Fall of 2022.

“The expansion is helping us create a more welcoming space that serves more people than ever,” said Leah Rosovsky, Stanford Calderwood Director. “It helps us preserve our historic structure and adapt to the needs of the twenty-first century. This kind of public funding from the state and the Governor’s office is crucial to the success of cultural institutions all over Massachusetts.”

The grants are from MassDevelopment and Mass Cultural Council, two state agencies jointly administering the Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF, which invests in the acquisition, design, repair, renovation, expansion, and construction of nonprofit and municipal cultural facilities.

View the full list of recipients.